Pope Francis emojis, keyboard app launched ahead of US September visit

(HNGN) Keyboard app Swyft has released a set of emojis dedicated to Pope Francis to commemorate his Sept. 22 visit to the United States. The emojis, which are available for both Android and iOS devices, include 52 Pope stickers and 14 animated GIFs.

Users who will download the emoji pack will find fun images of the pope with famous landmarks found in the U.S. cities he will be visiting. They include, for instance, a sticker showing Pope Francis walking ponderously before the Washington Monument and standing beside the Statue of Liberty. The pope was also depicted eating a taco, going to a concert, spinning a basketball, taking a selfie and waving from the iconic Popemobile, among others.

The emojis were commissioned by a Catholic group to commemorate the papal visit to the U.S. on September 22.

“We look at the whole initiative of connecting the church better with young people and young people with the church as fandom,” Kathleen Hessert, Swyft’s creator, said in a Mashable report. “If he was a very stoic kind of pope like we’ve seen so many times in the past, it probably wouldn’t work. Pope Francis is a down-to-earth guy.”[More]